Stoudemire on comeback: ‘I have great health still in my body, and I want to take advantage of it'(Video)

After 15 seasons, Amar’e Stoudemire retired from the NBA in 2016, and took his talents to Israel. Stoudemire would play one season in Israel before announcing his retirement from basketball last September.

However, the 35-year-old Stoudemire changed his mind. This summer Stoudemire joined the BIG3 and announced that he is looking to return to the NBA.

For Stoudemire, playing in the NBA will give him an opportunity to play the game that he loves.

“It’s for the love of the game,” Stoudemire told Paul Gant at the BIG3 Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “I have great health still in my body, and I want to take advantage of it, so if I get a call from a team that wants me to attend training camp, and try to get on with a non-guaranteed contract, I’m down for it.”

I know it’s the BIG3, but watching Stoudemire play this summer, he still has some explosion left in his body. Now, that’s 3-on-3, so the NBA game is very different. However, based on what I saw in Brooklyn, Stoudemire might have enough to make an NBA roster.

If the NBA does not happen for Stoudemire, he is expected to play in Israel next season.

Listen below as Stoudemire talks playing in BIG3, his comeback, playing with Steve Nash, and the 2007 Suns.

 

 

Amare Stoudemire joins BIG3

NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 14, 2018 – The BIG3 announced today that Amar’e Stoudemire has signed with the BIG3 as a Co-Captain of Tri-State alongside Captain Jermaine O’Neal and Co-Captain Nate Robinson. This offseason, BIG3 expanded rosters by adding a second Co-Captain to each team. In recent weeks, Baron Davis(3’s Company), Ron Artest (Killer 3s) Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis (Power), Carlos Boozer (Ghost Ballers) and Drew Gooden (3’s Company) have been announced as high-profile Co-Captain acquisitions.

Stoudemire played 14 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, where he won 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, and played for eight seasons. In 2010, he signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent. His high-profile signing put an end to the team’s playoff drought and sparked a three-season playoff run. He went on to play with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, before signing a one-day contract to retire as a New York Knick in 2016. Following his NBA career, Stoudemire moved overseas and played two seasons in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, helping his team win the Israeli Basketball League Cup in 2016 and the Israeli League championship in 2017.

Throughout his career, Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points (15,994 total) and 7.8 rebounds (6,632) in 846 career games. He was a six-time NBA All-Star, and was named to five All-NBA Teams (two first teams, three second teams). He also won a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Stoudemire will join a Tri-State squad that finished sixth in 2017, after falling short to 3’s Company in the BIG3 Playoffs. Tri-State will round out its three remaining roster spots in the BIG3 Draft.